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Argentina & Iceland approve same-sex marriages

July 26th, 2010 by Joseph William Singer

On July 15, 2010, the Argentine Senate voted to approve same-sex marriages, adding its voice to a similar bill approved in May by the lower house. Because President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner supports the bill, it will become the law. The Parliament in Iceland unanimously approved a similar bill (by a vote of 49-0) on June 12. Argentina and Iceland join the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, and Portugal in providing full marriage rights for same sex-couples in addition to the states of Massachusetts, Iowa, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia, although these state-law based marriages are not recognized by the federal government in the United States because of federal Defense of Marriage Act. read article

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